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  1. 15 yr old, acne :( (pictures)

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    Hi! this is my first post on this website and i'm looking for possible ways to help improve my skin. Lately, my acne has been making me not want to hang out with my friends or see anyone because i'm embarrassed. I know i shouldn't be embarrassed and that acne is a normal thing but it stresses me out. All my friends have only like one or two pimples at a time and then there's me. I'm feeling so insecure and i just want to find drugstore products that will work. Heres some information about my skincare routine and acne. Every zit i have leaves a dark mark even when i don't pick. I think it's because i'm biracial. I believe i have moderate acne but i could be wrong. i have combination skin. My outer cheeks and nose are usually completely clear. Morning : - i wash with neutrogena fresh foaming cleanser - apply clean and clear dual action moisturizer with salicylic acid - apply neutrogena sheer touch face sunscreen (only to hyperpigmentation) Night: - i wash with neutrogena fresh foaming cleanser except with a rubber scrubber thing from sephora - spot treat with slightly diluted apple cider vinegar - apply clean and clear dual action moisturizer again
  2. I need help,i dont know what i have! I went to many doctors and all of them gave differents answers but nothing helped me. I need to know whay i have. i have mix skin i believe, dry on cheeks, a bit oily in my forehead and nose. I've been struggling with these little bumps my whole puberty, teenage and now im 21, i cant longer say its bc im a a teenager Any idea of what can be? I dont even know if this is acne!
  3. Hi there, my name's Jane and I'm a 24 year old female. I have been battling acne since I was a teenager. It started out with some red spots and over time, it has slowly gotten worse to the point where not only is my face always inflammed, but the texture is bumpy and uneven. I have a feeling my skin is as bad as it is now because of a combination of things: hormones, from picking at my skin, overuse of products, usage of well water as I live in a rural area, and perhaps some sort of fungal thing. I have similar looking breakouts on my shoulders and some down the rest of my back as well which leads me to believe that it isnt just what I've applied to my facial skin, as I haven't used any products on my shoulders/back except for a few. I've tried all kinds of products and nothing seems to show any improvement except for 2 (but only minimal improvement): Nizoral (with 1% ketoconazole) and tea tree oil. The tea tree oil keeps pustules/cysts from getting more angry and keeps more from popping up overnight, but it can only do so much. My spots are constantly there. The Nizoral is helping with my tiny bumps, but not with the other types of pimples I have. (I'm thinking these tiny bumps could either be closed comedones or pityrosporum folliculitis?) I'm going to be starting birth control for the first time within the next few weeks (contains estrogen and progestin) so I'm interested to see if that helps. I'm going to see a dermatologist soon, but my insurance is not the best so I'm afraid they won't really try to understand, they'll just try to prescribe me something based off of past cases. From what I've seen and read online, acne is better dealt with internally when nothing seems to work. My blemishes have always bothered me, but as I grow older I find myself becoming more emotionally and psychologically damaged from it. I feel ugly and dirty, invalid, unhealthy, and unworthy of attention. I'm extremely fearful of exposing my skin. I just started a new relationship with a guy that I really like (we've been together almost 3 months) and I'm afraid that he will leave one day because of it. I don't want to go to work sometimes and I don't have a lot of friends because I don't want anyone to see my skin (which keeps me from being too social). I have half a closet of clothes I've never worn because of the spots on my shoulders/back. It's been years since I've gone swimming or slept over someone's house. I try to always wear makeup unless I'm at home with my parents. I mean, you can still see the uneven texture of my skin through the makeup, but it's better than having my face look as red as it is. It's at the point now where I just want to stay home until my skin clears up, but obviously that's impossible. I'm just here to ask if anyone has any insight on to what type of acne I really do have and if there's anything they suggest to help me clear my skin? Thank you in advance.
  4. Hii, Yes so my question to everyone with hormonal acne is: how did you discover your acne was hormonal? Feel free to answer, short or long doesn't matter. MY 'DISCOVERY' - STORY In my case, my doctor was too stubborn to do any tests. But after years of trying everything and researching I realized there was really no other 'reason' left besides my acne being hormonal. I even went on accutane and it did nothing after a year. Also my periods were irregular. Like really irregular. I'm on Birth control now but it's only been 2 months (yasmin) and I'm still breaking out. So if this does nothing idk anymore. I actually regret not telling my doctor more frequently to research what my hormonal imbalance actually is, but oh well.. Second question: How did you treat your hormonal acne? and if you still have it, what are you trying to do to get rid of it?
  5. HELP!

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    I'm 18, I tried dieting, different products (both expensive and cheap products), I tried cleaning my bed sheets/ towel regularly and nothing seems to work! I don't know what is the type of acne I have ( but I am assuming I have hormonal) Somebody please help! Current skin care routine: Morning: The body shop aloe vera cleanser The body shop vitamin e cream banana boat ultra protect sunscreen lotion (spf 30) Night: Simple, makeup remover wipes The body shop aloe vera cleanser The body shop vitamin e cream (night lotion) Once/twice a week: Himalayan mask I want to wear less makeup, but I am too insecure but if I do wear makeup, you can see all the bumps and and ugly textures
  6. Does anyone's blood pressure go up up while on Spiro? Mine seems to, it is odd!
  7. Let me start off by saying that this is my first experience with acne in this way. Other than the occasional pimple before my period, I had clear skin straight through my teens and twenties. I am now 29. I eat a pescatarian diet - primarily plant-based with one or two servings of seafood during the week.I barely eat dairy. I don't drink milk - I use almond milk for most of my needs. I stuck to this diet for almost 5 years, with no adverse effects, until SOY. In an effort to mix up my diet a bit, I began replacing almond milk with soy milk. From the end of January to the end of April (4 full months) I had a serving of soy milk almost daily. Whether it was with cereal, oats, smoothies -- I just had a ton of soy milk. Just wayyy too much. One month into my soy-life I noticed a cystic pimple on my cheek, but I paid no attention to it because I assmued it would vanish after my cycle. WAS I WRONG. One cyst became two, five, seven and by April, my cheek and chin was covered in massive, PAINFUL cysts that take forever to heal! Obviously I lost my mind, hemorrhaged money on various products etc. but nothing worked. My lightbulb moment came at the end of April, after my mom encouraged me to keep a food journal to keep track of what I was eating. I realized that the ONLY change to my diet had been the soy milk - literally the ONLY change. And then I read up about soy, and phytoestrogens etc. and concluded that it had to have been the culprit of my new cystic acne. I don't think I have an intolerance to soy, because the acne came fairly gradually. But I do think it has caused a sever hormonal imbalance, one I am still struggling to cope with even now. The last time I assessed my hormones (about a year ago) everything was A-OK. I quit soy on the 25th of April (went cold turkey). So its now been 6 weeks. I had a pretty severe breakout right after, but then I felt like things started to slow down. I still get pimples alright, but they are fewer in number. They also seem less...cystic ...if that makes sense. They heal relatively quickly (relatively is the operative word) and don't hurt as much. I have a bunch of questions: 1. Has anyone else experienced a hormonal imbalance caused by soy milk/phytoestrogens? 2. How long after eliminating soy/phytoestrogen did your condition improve? Did you continue to experience breakouts after? 3. Any other information on how long it takes for your hormones to readjust once you remove what was throwing them out of whack? What can I expect over the next few months? 4. Did you need any interventions? Spiro? Or did things fall back into place on their own?
  8. I have been suffering from acne since 6th grade and I'm now 22 years old. I have oily skin and lots of pimples and acne scars. I have been on the nuvaring for almost 2 weeks now and I'm starting to break out even more. I heard lots of success stories of nuvaring clearing their acne. How long does the process take before I notice results?
  9. I started the Yasmin pill on the 26th of April in order to clear my hormonal acne which I only started to develop this year at the age of 22! But look at my poor skin it's only deteriorated, the full face image is when I took my first pill, the other couple of images is today while ending my second pack. I had blood tests and everything was perfect apart from low estrogens so I know it's hormonal. Should I continue to stick it out?! Or change to another pill? How long did it take you to clear your acne on the bcp? I'm losing faith!
  10. The other week I had a hormonal blood test because I had acne and missing periods (for 18 months). Yesterday I went back to get the results and my doctor said the hormones were all completely normal. Also, my period came back yesterday for the first time since January 2017. im kind of happy that my hormones are all normal and my period is back but I’m confused as to why I have acne that are cysts around my mouth, chin and jawline (hormonal acne). I do have acne on my forehead too though. I have no idea what is causing it if all my hormone levels are normal, what am I supposed to do? I’m taking vitamin D, zinc, magnesium, omega 3. I’ve tried differin and I can’t go on BC because of migraines. My only option left according to the dermatologist is accutane and I really don’t want to go on that is it likely that my hormones will settle down therefore clearing my skin now my period is back ? My acne started 2 months after losing my period due to low oestrogen levels
  11. (Skip to the middle where it says "importnat part" if you don't care to find out if we've tried similar things or have similar types skin, etc. and you just know you have hormonal stuff going on.)Hello, so I have been using acne.org products for a couple years, loved them, the do help, but it's expensive and time consuming, don't want to buy regular and travel size etc. My mom had deep, deep acne as a kid and still has scars at 53 as we know cystic acne can be genetic My acne is mostly on my chin, cheeks, near mouth, on neck, and back indicating a HORMONAL link. I get deep ones on my neck and cheeks especially I tried to balance my hormones to combat it and eat little dairy to help that as well. I exercise and carry a massive 64 oz water bottle that i go through 2-3 times a day every day. I get 6-10 hours of sleep every night usually around 7. Never sleep with makeup on, always go through my elaborate skin care regimen (mostly acne.org stuff besides cleanser, and also use glossier aha+ solution.) And have little stress in my life that's unman aged, I meditate, have a good attitude, and rarely have to face anything too terrible so that's not it. So I'm doing all the things you're supposed to...... I tried Skin care exposed acne.org many generic drug store products (cetophyl, nutragena, Clearasil, etc.) ACNE LASERS (do not recomend, it actually got worse, and I'm not sure why. I did over 10 treatments I believe because my boyfriend wanted to help me conquer this he paid for it so I'm not certain, but it was very painful, expensive, and ineffeftic sadly.) Trtroin cream and gel Many cycles of antibiotics (doxy) Llysiene DIM (did help a lot but didn't fully clear, best thing I've found besides spironolactone though, but more expensive.) Etc. (We've all tried lots of things, you get it, but I thought it might be relevant for people trying to figure out what they should try first or what might work for them based on our possible similarities) IMPORTANT PART: My roommate had really bad, scattered, cystic acne and one day it really started clearing up I asked what she had been doing and she said her doctor prescribed spironolactone. I asked my doctor to do the same, she was all for it. I take 50 mg The first month was really bad, I broke out REALLY hard. But I had seen all the positive reviews and photos that said this would happen and to stick it out, so I did. Month 2.5 I was so happy with my skin, it's SO SOFT and clear. It's incredible to be able to touch my neck and face without tons of textures. My skin did peel really badly around month 1.5-3 so be prepared. It was annoying, but worth it. MONTH 3 I HAVE ZERO active pimples and some red spots that are still healing (I did kind of keep picking throughout the months but I think I will break that as I have nothing left to pick) My makeup goes on incredibly, I am so, so, so grateful. I was so close to trying accutane but have been putting it off as a last resort because of the side effects. Now I'm free. I sent my doc a thank you card I'm so happy. Please, if you know anyone with hormonal ance, tell them about it, or try it yourself. With my very basic, terrible insurance it's FREE I don't pay a dime for it which is just yet another amazing perk. I want other people to be able to find their solution too.
  12. Hi I quit birthcontrol after being on it for over 6 years a year ago. But I got scared and took the plan b a couple of times within the past year. The last being about 4 months ago. Ever since stopping birth control I’ve had horrible acne. It started off with closed comedones/ Whitehead’s all on my forehead. Now it’s mostly on my cheeks really bad closed comedones. And some still on my forehead. I also developed dandruff after stopping birth control. I don’t know if it’s due to brith control or i also took antibiotics on and off. Every time I look it up it’s either due to stopping birth control or people say it could be fungal acne. I’m wondering if anyone had this problem after quitting birth control and what hey did to fix it! Please help!!!
  13. Hello- I had great success with YAZ and Spiro together. I took 100mg Spiro with Yaz. I'm 38 yo, have struggled with acne for what feels like FOREVER!!!! I am so sick of it:( My skin was great off of yaz for about 6 months (still taking 100mg Spiro). It went kind of rogue at that point, with a cyst or 2 per month. I went up to 150mg spiro in October. I really thought it was my miracle worker, and I keep seeing people saying that here, but it doesn't seem to be the case. I take LOTS of supplements- Methyl Guard, dim, super milk thistle, accnutrol, fish oil....probably more....I get a microderm every month or so. I also did one month straight of Solodyn (which helped) and have used it as a spot treatment. I am still getting cysts and I am so frustrated. I'm considering another month or two of Solodyn. Has anyone experienced this?? The Spiro not working as well without the BC combo???
  14. Hey guys, I need some skincare advice as I am extremely upset with my complexion. I have always had clear skin up until March this year when I broke out massively, at the age of 22, I am talking twenty plus spots not one or two! Due to having anorexia for six years, I have never really had my periods regularly and I am still having them rather infrequently. I went straight to the doctors and I had blood tests done. My vitamins were all fine and my liver/gut both came back healthy however my estrogen levels and testosterone levels were both low, my estrogen levels being super duper low! So I have a testosterone dominance. I have been prescribed the Yasmin Birth Control Pill and I was told it would bring up my estrogen levels to make them balanced with my testosterone levels, clearing my acne. However, I have been on them for more than a month and my acne has not cleared and is still very persistent. If you have any advice or have been on a birth control for acne please comment below. I had to move back from university for a while as I wouldn't leave my room due to the acne and this has led to my depression returning. I also quit my job as it was very face on face and I just couldn't take it:( I just want to peel my face off. Thanks, Ells Other things I am doing: cut out dairy, eating more fruit and veg, started using Clinique Three Step Blemish Kit (hasn't seemed to help at all), using topical treatment Zineryt nightly (decreases acne by morning but acne will become worse during the course of the day), cut out coffee and soft drinks, drinking water and peppermint tea daily, already vegetarian, wearing non-clonogenic makeup (cut down on using foundation so much), switching pillowcases every few days, taking supplements which contain omega3 and zinc. Ive been doing this since march AND NOOOOOOOOO IMPROVEMENTS!
  15. PLEASE HELP Here is the short version of my acne story: In december 2017 I stopped taking my birth control pills. This sparked the fire that has engulfed the past 3 months of my life. I began seeing more acne than I was used to (I knew this was from stopping my birth control) so finally in March 2018 my dermatologist prescribed me 150mg Spironolactone. The first month of Spiro my skin was the worst I have ever seen it (purging from spiro). I am now in the second month and I can see the SMALLEST amount of improvement, but I am still breaking out. My entire teenage life I had taken minocycline to help my acne and it always worked great, but I stopped when I began taking spiro. I am now about to start taking minocycline again along with the spironolactone.However, I am very scared. PLEASE REPLY IF YOU HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH SPIRO&MINO I need to know what this combination did to your skin if you have tried this. do you think it will be ok to start minocycline 2 months after starting spiro? PLEASE HELP
  16. Hiya, I’ve posted on here a few times about my chin acne journey - which has made some progress I suppose, as it definitely isn’t as bad as it used to be. It cleared nice when I was on holiday last year in Greece (I thought it was due to the sun and the sea water, considering I live in England), but since then it seems to have gone quite downhill. I have exams now and I think maybe stress is why my chin has erupted in spots again. Don’t get me wrong I know it’s not terrible, but it’s enough to knock my self confidence, and honestly I’m so sick of it (I’ve had acne for over 3 years now). I have my college prom in July and I really want to look my best, so please please please if anyone knows anything that might help, let me know. I miss when I could go makeup free when I go out, I probably sound so over dramatic but at the end of the day, any form of acne whether it be severe or light, can still lower self esteem. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!
  17. So I stopped tri-sprinted (birth control pill) about a year ago and since then, my skin has been out of control. Based off what I’ve read, I’m pretty certain it’s hormonal. It was good for a couple months, and then had been progressively getting worse. It’s also unlike any acne I’ve ever had before. The texture is really gross looking, small bumps, lots of blackheads. I don’t know what to do. I’m awaiting an appointment with a dermatologist, and in the meantime I am using Beauty counter cleanser, cocokind natural products, and taking zinc supplements + a probiotic. Has anyone experienced this?! I keep waiting for my hormones to get back to normal but it really seems like it’s takig longer than it should. Side note: I was on the pill for about 6-7 years and have fairly sensitive skin. Help
  18. I have been on a birth control pill to control my acne for around 6 years now. I had severe acne all over my face when I first went on it and it cleared my skin completely. I was acne free for about 2 years then got the occasional pimple. Now I am 24 and am experiencing some bad hormonal acne (i think it is hormonal as it is just on my chin). Nothing has changed for me recently for me to start breaking out like this, although I have had trouble over the years with random big break outs. I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience? Or since I went on the pill when I was younger, has my body changed and my pill no longer controls my skin how it used to? I would like to go off the pill to see what would happen but I am terrified that I might look like my 17 year old self and I'm also about to go travelling for a while and I don't want to have to worry about my skin too much.
  19. Hi all, new to the forum here. I am a male 20 year old at college. I didn't start puberty until around 16 and 1/2 years old (later bloomer for sure). I grew 10 inches since then and am now 5'11. I've gotten zits (maybe 1 or 2 max at a time) over the years but last month I experienced my first breakout. I fully recovered and was followed by an even worse breakout. I also am getting more bumps on my chest, and a little more back acne. I also am starting to get acne on my butt. I have about 10 clear zits on my face as of now but forehead is also more bumpy and I am super diligent about washing face, using spot treatment and moisturizer, it just doesn't help. Is this hormonal? And is it due to puberty? My facial hair is also just starting to make a little progress so I am praying this is all just puberty. Any help would be so appreciated. Thank you.
  20. Two months ago: today: So this girly needs some advice from women who have or are suffering from hormonal acne and have used birth control to control their acne breakouts. Background: I have suffered from anorexia for the last 6 years (since I was 16) and due to this I have never properly had my periods, only the occasional one every now and again. However since maintaining my weight, still low but healthy enough (BMI 15, if that is any help to anyone), I have had a massive hormonal breakout. I am guessing it was hormonal as I broke out a month ago at the same time as I was experiencing blood spotting and my boobs had swelled that week. I went to the doctors and he prescribed me Yasmin as I have been having weak periods every now and again since September last year and he thought this would regulate my periods and help my acne settle down. Now when I say I had a breakout I don't mean 3 or 4 spots on my chin, I am currently sitting here with around 20 spots on my face! I have never had a breakout before only the occasional pimple. I am unsure whether to go on the pill I am worried that it will cause my acne to get worse as it has been slowly getting worse and worse since the breakout in early march. I'm already vegetarian but over the month I have cut down on dairy, I'm drinking more water, taking vitamins, drinking green tea, eating more vegetables, I've been using a topical cream named Zineryt (for the last week) and all has led to no results so far! I'm feeling lost on what to do and I already suffer from body dysmorphia, all I now see when I look in the mirror is a girl covered in spots and I need to find a way out of this mess. I'm extremely distressed, cancelling on friends, hiding away, finding myself skipping university lectures etc. Also, it is making my anorexia hard to deal with again as it keeps telling me to just lose weight so my body won't be able to have the energy to produce the hormones. I DON'T WANT TO RISK EVERYTHING I'VE WORKED SO HARD FOR IN RECOVERY, I know I'd be put back in rehab. So any advice would be very much appreciated! Should I start on birth control? Would that be advisable? What were your experiences? I mean the doctor thinks so but he only chatted with me for five minutes so he doesn't fully understand my situation at all.
  21. Cheap, Effective, 2 Week, Oral Treatment for skin and eye problems caused by microscopic Demodex Skin Mites. If your skin and/or eye problems are caused by demodex mites, this treatment may be a cure. The oral treatment kills the mites all over your body even in hard to reach glands. If you have ocular rosacea (aka blepharitis demodex) it is very important to get it treated before it damages your vision.If your dermatologist did not test you for Demodex mites, you should ask them to do so. Demodex mites have been implicated in Acne, Rosacea, ocular rosacea, blepharitis demodex, etc.The combined Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole treatment has worked for me. The report on this treatment was published in the International Journal of Infectious disease in 2013. Treatment takes 2 weeks using Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole. Insurance copay was just $13.03 (Uninsured retail about $52 USD.https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...0197121201315XThe 2013 study compares using Oral Ivermectin vs. Oral Ivermectin + Oral Metronidazole to treat 4 different skin conditions including rosacea, acne, blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) etc.Results of scientific study on 120 people with confirmed Demodex mites:Remission: 71.6% of people in the study with the oral Ivermectin+ oral Metronidazole treatment went into remission vs. 45% on just oral Ivermectin. Marked improvement: 26.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 33% (Oral Iver. only). No Improvement: 1.7% (Oral Iver.+ Oral Metro.) vs. 21.7% (Oral Iver. only)Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin:1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water.2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet.As always, it is best to discuss this treatment with your doctor. These are prescription drugs. My family doctor was most helpful.I had demodicosis caused by demodex mites. Onset at age 11.5 after a severe bout of German Measles and possibly the flu. Immune system was at rock bottom allowing the mites to become infested in spite of good hygiene. It got worse with every bout of the flu after that. It started with large blackheads, advanced into pustules, body acne and irritated red eyes.After being misdiagnosed with “allergic conjunctivitis” and acne vulgaris (bacterial origin) for 51 years, it advanced into blepharitis demodex (ocular rosacea) – painfully gritty, dry eyes with eyelashes falling out, etc. Over the years, 4 board certified dermatologists prescribed about 8 different antibiotics, Retin- A, Micro-Retin A, benzoyl peroxide, etc. None of the expensive treatment worked. They never checked for demodex mites.Demodicosis can be confused for “Hormonal acne” due to the fact that the mites live 2-3 weeks and may indeed be tuned in to the hormonal cycles of the body. The mites eat oil. When your hormones are causing more oil to be generated, there is more for the mites to eat. Any drug or diet change that levels out or reduces the oil in your skin can temporarily control the mites by controlling their food source. In other studies, the topical version of Metronidazol has not been found to be effective but the oral version is. Oral Metronidazol is believed to work indirectly by changing something the mites are consuming or changing the environment so that they die. Some papers report successful treatment with just the oral metronidazole. I'm at the 8.5 weeks post treatment mark. My skin is clear. My eyes are clear, no longer red, no longer losing multiple eye lashes near daily, no longer painfully dry, and are now working to make the oily tear film. I've been able to stop using Cliradex wipes. Still washing face and eyes with 1% Tea Tree oil face wash (Tranquil Eyes by Eye Eco) followed by spraying with the Hypochlorous Acid Eyelid and Eyelash Spray by Heyedrate nightly as a precaution to fight off future mite re-infestation. I am now taking a Lutein (10 mg) + Zeaxanthin (2 mg) supplement along with my Omega 3 supplements. These supplements have improved my Meibomian Glands function possibly by reducing lid inflammation.
  22. Please help! I am desperate to fix these skin issues once and for all. I've had acne since I was 13, and I'm 21 now. I have recurring acne on my cheekbones and around my mouth and chin that pop up in the exact same spots, on and off for about two years. I have red marks on my cheekbones, mouth area, and forehead that will not go away no matter what. I tried proactive when I was younger and it set off some of the worst acne in my life. After that, I found out I was allergic to sodium laureth sulfate as well as tocopherol acetate (synthetic vitamin e) so I haven't been able to use any of the standard acne medications. I prefer holistic remedies anyway, and have seen some success with diet changes, but not enough to completely clear my skin. I started a whole foods, plant based diet in February, and completely went off meat and dairy. About two weeks ago I stopped eating processed oils (as well as nuts and nut butters) and cut my intake of processed foods down drastically (bread only every so often). All of this was for personal reasons, but I did read that cutting these things out could help with acne. I take Green Vibrance Powder, and drink 64-87 oz of water per day. (64 is the basic amount I need). I drink coffee, but I also drink ginger turmeric tea and skin detox tea intermittently. I do still have a good amount of sugar - it's the one thing I can't really kick. I often get coconut milk caramel frappuccinos when I'm working, and I still have jam occasionally and brown sugar quiet a lot. This could possibly be the source? I am moderately active - I work online so I'm often sitting, but I do walk every day and I go hiking every week. I use an all-natural aloe vera gel on my skin and wash my face everyday, I don't sleep with my makeup on, and I follow pretty much every skin care rule I'm supposed to follow for my skin. Still, nothing helps. I don't know what else I can do, and I am completely sick of dealing with this. I'm ready to throw out all of my heavy foundation and concealer (oil free and clean of ingredients I'm allergic to, but not organic or natural, unfortunately. I can't afford expensive makeup very often.) and never wear it again, but I can't. All I have wanted for the past 8 years is clear, healthy skin. I have had hormonal issues in the past (it runs in my family) and have seen my skin get better from using progesterone cream when I was younger. I do have some symptoms of low progesterone, but not a lot - almost every issue I had previously went away with the wfpb diet. Even my skin texture is better, but the acne and scarring will not budge. Any advice or tips are appreciated! Thanks for reading
  23. Hello all! I am new to the community but I have a few questions.. I have pretty light cystic acne that is hormonal caused by my IUD. I am 18 years old and have light skin. I have some scars but not a ton. Overall, my skin is pretty good but I get new cyst break outs about every 2 weeks and frequently have to get shots in them. I currently use AktiPak and have been on it for a few months. It has reduced my cyst breakouts to about 3 large cysts a month. Recently my dermatologist gave me Retin A claiming it would kill the underlying bacteria causing the cysts. I am very scared about starting Retin A! There is no good time to start it because something always seems to be coming up! I am just wondering if the side effects (peeling/redness/flakes/breakouts) will be was severe since my skin isn’t bad to begin with? Does it really work?! I’m afraid it will make my skin bad and never better again... I would love clear skin by June 18th! (it is currently april 2nd)... any thoughts/advice?